Merchantville School re-opened after Spring Break on Monday, April 12th and starting today, Friday, April 16th, in-person students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade will attend 5 days a week from 8:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Their Re-Opening plans are published in English and Spanish on the school website under "News and Announcements" and through Google docs. MES plans include: new arrival and dismissal procedures, a meal distribution plan, a daily COVID-19 student screening checklist and re-opening expectations. Merchantville School is excited to be back in session doing great things with their students.
Merchantville added 59 resident cases of COVID-19 in December and a total of 203 cases since March. Most recent cases include young adults under 40 and teens. Please protect yourself and others - wear a mask, stay physically distant from those you don't live with and not gathering in social groups. Camden County provided a breakdown of cases through December 31st. The aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to date is 28,768 in Camden County today and 747 total fatalities. New Jersey has counted 477,360 cumulative cases in the state since March and 17,021 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.
The following information contains the the updated vaccine roll out plan for Camden County and the State of New Jersey. Please note timelines and dates may change. Click here to download the updated vaccination plan for Camden County. Category 1A (Limited Vaccines) Persons in Health Care Settings; Category 1B Essential WorkersVaccination will begin 1/20/21; and Category 1C Vaccination will begin 2/20/21. Health Care Workers who currently fall into Category 1A in the Camden County vaccine rollout who are not associated with a hospital system can now get vaccinated at one of these three locations in Camden County: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford; Shoprite Pharmacy, Laurel Spring; and, Shoprite Pharmacy, Berlin. Vaccine Distribution Phase 2 Vaccination Expected to Begin First week of March.
Dr. Paschal Nwako, Camden County Health Officer, has provided the following recommended links and documents for COVID-19 information from the CDC, the State of New Jersey and Camden County websites which is in line with our 2020 Local Board of Summit “Better Health Outcomes in Your Own Back Yard for COVID-19" and best practices. The goal is for each mayor to be in partnership with Camden County Department of Health in getting the word out and providing resources to the residents of their municipality. Resources include: COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit, Vaccine Roll Out Information Site from The State Of New Jersey, CDC: Benefits of Getting the COVID Vaccine: Vaccine Facts, New Jersey Department of Health Communicable Disease Service Website, Camden County Website, Camden County COVID-19 Updates and Resources, Camden County COVID-19 Dashboard, COVID-19 Vaccine Information, and Camden County Needs You: Medical Professionals Sought for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.
Merchantville COVID-19 case total since March 2020 is 178. We have seen a marked increase of confirmed cases during the first two weeks of December, growing from 148 to 178 cases. This past weekend, the Borough added 10 cases: four on Saturday, 12/12 - a male in his 50s, a male in his 40s, a male in his 80s and a male in his 20s; five on Sunday, 12/13 - a male in his 30s, a female in her 30s, a female in her 40s, a female in her 70s and a female in her 20s; and one on Monday, 12/14 - a female in her 60s. Camden County added six new deaths and 1,005 additional cases caused by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) this weekend. Follow county data here. MASK UP - STOP THE SPREAD - FLATTEN THE CURVE
Covid-19 numbers have held steady at 78 cases and 3 deaths from 9/2-9/10/20 in the Borough. However, the County Department of Health announced 46 additional confirmed cases, 18 of which are in the surrounding towns of Pennsauken (930/23), Cherry Hill (1,365/166) and Camden (2,693/75) Merchantville's most recent cases include adults under age 30, teens and adolescents. Protect Your Circle, Merchantville. The Danger Is Invisible. As Mayor Brennan says, "Let’s be part of the solution; wear a mask or face covering. Reducing transmission of COVID-19 is essential for us to keep people safe, speed up a return to some normalcy and getting our economy, and our friends and neighbors who may be struggling, back to work."
As of 7/28/20, travelers from 36 states and two territories who are arriving in New Jersey are asked to self-quarantine and/or get a COVID-19 test. The list includes frequently visited states like Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. People arriving in New Jersey from a state with a COVID-19 positive test rate higher than 10 infected people per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10-percent-or-higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days or get a COVID-19 test when they arrive, and self-quarantine until they get the results. The travel advisory does not apply to people briefly passing through states on the list (stopping at highway rest stops; layovers for air, bus, or train travel). Complete information available here.
As consumers are crowding back into stores, restaurants and other places of business as states ease pandemic-related restrictions, a full return to normal isn’t likely to happen until November 2021, according to Ezekiel (Zeke) Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton professor of health care management. Emanuel said strict adherence to non-pharmacological interventions work better than haphazard compliance with them, and it has been challenging to get everyone to comply. In fact, states like Arizona, Florida and Texas have seen infections skyrocket since they relaxed lockdown measures. “I think it’s almost inevitable we’re going to have a second wave that pops up in October or November [of this year], when we’re all going inside. That worries me a lot,” he said. “Adhering to strict measures doesn’t seem possible in the U.S.” He also pointed to research that shows the immune system reaction to the virus is short-lived, with antibodies lasting only two to three months versus three to 12 months for other viruses, indicating that it might be difficult to develop a long-lasting vaccine.
New Jersey is one of only three states that are on track to contain Covid-19. Gov. Phil Murphy has been adamant about the importance of wearing masks during the pandemic, mandating on Wednesday, July 15th, that they be worn outdoors nearly at all times. New Jersey flattened the curve with masks. Other states didn’t. The premise behind wearing masks is that they contain small respiratory droplets, making it less likely you could spread the virus to others. The governor's executive order on masks excludes children younger than 2 years old, those partaking in some sports activities, people who are eating and drinking, as well as those with underlying health conditions. Wear a mask. Social distance. Get tested.